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San Diego County Fair 4th Of July Celebration


  • WHEN Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
  • WHERE Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Not available

What better place is there to spend Independence Day than at the San Diego County Fair? We'll start the day with a patriotic Opening Ceremony about 9:30 a.m. at the O'Brien Gate. When the gates open about 10 a.m., there will be plenty to do. Highlighting the day will be the traditional fireworks display, which will happen at approximately 9 p.m. The fireworks display is visible throughout the Fairgrounds, so as long as you're outside, there's no better place to watch!

Enjoy exhibits, entertainment, contests and much more. Don your red, white and blue for the Most Patriotic Costume Contest! Visit the "World Memorial" Exhibit located at the south end of the Del Mar Arena. Here's a partial list of the great activities we have planned:

10:30 a.m. - Stars, Stripes and Stems Floral Design Contest (Flower and Garden Show Stage)
Noon - Pie Eating Contest (Plaza Stage)
1 p.m. - Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest (Home and Hobby One Day Contest, see the Contests section for registration information)
1 p.m. - Guest Speaker Ramon Rodriguez, a highly decorated Vietnam War soldier (Plaza Stage)
1:30 p.m. - Patriotic Costume Contest with special guest judges (Plaza Stage). This contest also will be at 3:30PM at the Fiesta Stage.
2:30 p.m. - World Memorial Guest Speakers Joe Torrillo, Tommy Fenech and John Lightsey (San Diego Showcase Stage)

6 p.m. - Frog X Parachute Jump with 1,100-square-foot American Flag
6:30 p.m. - Meet the Frog X Parachute Jump Team
6:45 p.m. - Special Guest Speakers. We are honored to have as our guests some genuine American heroes: Joe Torrillo, Tommy Fenech, John Lightsey and Ramon Rodriguez. Torrillo, Fenech and Lightsey helped in the rescue of people in the World Trade Center attack on Sept. 11, 2001. Rodriguez was awarded three Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars and five Purple Hearts as a result of Vietnam War combat, and is a current nominee for the Congressional Medal of Honor, a nomination supported by the Hispanic Medal of Honor Society.
7 p.m. - Hometown Heroes Parade from Family Funville to the Grandstand. Hometown Heroes are people who make a difference in the lives of others, such as first responders, nurses, teachers, and volunteers. One hundred people will receive special recognition in the Hometown Heroes parade.
7:30 p.m. - Navy Band Southwest performs on the Heineken Grandstand Stage.
9 p.m. - Fireworks (visible throughout the Fairgrounds)
9:30 p.m. - Dana Carvey performs on the Heineken Grandstand Stage

Stick around after the fireworks, let the traffic clear, and have some fun! All the shopping and exhibit buildings will be open until midnight, as will the Fun Zone.

We also will have entertainment on several stages after the fireworks, all included with Fair admission:
On the Heineken Grandstand Stage: Dana Carvey
On the Coors Light Rock On Stage: Pete Johnson Show Band
On the Ford Dealers Paddock Stage: Justin Myers Band
On the O'Brien Stage: Tom Griesgraber
On the Plaza Stage: Honeyrock
On the San Diego Showcase Stage: Mark Yuzuik – Master Hypnotist

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

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